17 May 2021

Support International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and we are encouraging PCS members to raise awareness of violence and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and support our LGBT+ members, to drive positive change.

Stonewall reports that in the UK transphobic hate crimes have quadrupled in the last five years, with 4 out of 5 trans people experiencing a transphobic hate crime, and 1 in 4 experiencing physical assault or the threat of physical assault. Some UK media outlets frequently carry articles by anti-trans hate groups that are active in seeking to undermine trans people’s rights.

The number of homophobic attacks is also increasing, with data suggesting that these have risen by 22% in London in the space of one year.

The TUC says that LGBT+ workers have experienced harassment and unwanted behaviours which are offensive, intimidatory or humiliating. TUC research found that nearly two in five (39%) LGBT+ workers have been harassed or discriminated against by a colleague and a similar proportion (42%)  had heard colleagues make unwelcome comments or ask unwelcome questions about their sex life. These behaviours are not acceptable at work, or anywhere else. 

Read the TUC blog which has links to TUC guidance documents to for members and reps on being LGBT+ allies.

You can help raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and support LGBT+ members within the workplace, local communities and beyond by joining PCS Proud.